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Sumner County preview: Big weekend, but none bigger than for Belle Plaine

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Week #7 is on deck, and there are some big games ahead for Sumner County teams. But none bigger than what Belle Plaine is playing.

Belle Plaine (6-0) at Eureka (4-2) — It used to be, like just a few years ago, that a battle against Leon-Bluestem for the right to not be winless was the big game of the season. Just three years ago, like in 2016, Belle Plaine was sporting a 31-game losing streak.

Now Belle Plaine is being featured as the K-Preps Game of the Week (see story here).

Belle Plaine is playing for its first district title since 1996. It’s been since 2011 since it had its first losing season. If the season was to unravel at this very point, the Dragons have accomplished more than anyone could have ever anticipated during the preseason. Just guessing, the Dragons aren’t about to hang on their laurels.

Friday sports roundup: WMS scores, WHS Cross Country




8A – Clearwater over Wellington 25-18, 25-15.

8B – Clearwater over Wellington 25-14, 29-25, 15-13

7A – Wellington over Clearwater 25-19, 21-25, 15-12.

7B – Wellington over Clearwater 25-9, 25-12.


Crusader preview: Wellington to battle Winfield with playoff implications on the line

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — What a difference a win makes.

After five weeks of trying circumstances, Wellington suddenly has renewed hope and vigor after a 21-0 victory at Labette County.

“Oh, geez,” sighed Wellington head football coach Zane Aguilar, in a gasp of relief after someone asked him how it felt to get his first win at Crusader Club the other day.

Trouble is, Wellington may be playing one of its best opponents this year when Winfield comes to town.

Linn Hibbs is back. His Winfield team is 5-1 and has some swagger. The Vikings are on a four-game winning streak, having won by 17 points or more in each contest.

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas Chiefs will be shown on the big screen at Wellington Regent

Sumner Newscow report — Want to see the Kansas City – Denver game on a big screen? How about the biggest screen of all? Wellington Regent is showing the game tonight at the Regent Theater for absolutely free. Beer and Chili Dog specials.

50 years ago Wellington won itself a Kansas high school football championship – the 1st of its kind

The 1969 Wellington High School football team. (Click on photo to enlarge)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — When the 1969 Wellington High School football team is recognized tomorrow night at halftime of the Crusader football game, it will be another reminder just how steeped in tradition this program has been throughout its first 100 years.

Wellington has been at the forefront of two Kansas High School football milestones: the first night football game (see story here). And being one of first six schools to win a Kansas State High School football championship in its inaugural playoff season.

It seems hard to believe looking back now why it took Kansas so long to implement a high school playoff system. But it has defined every football season since. There have been a lot of state championships won over the past five decades. Wellington has won four of them itself: 1969, 1982, 2001, and 2002.

But like they always say: “ there’s nothing better than the first time.”

To put it in perspective, Wellington was the first Ark Valley League school to capture the state title. Its fiercest rival at the time Ark City wouldn’t get one until a decade later in 1979.

Wednesday sports roundup: WHS volleyball, WMS Cross Country, C-Team scores, WMS scores

Wellington’s Mykiland French vs. Mulvane.


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington volleyball team finished up its home schedule by splitting in another triangular. The Crusaders lost to McPherson 25-14, 25-19, before defeating Mulvane 23-25, 25-19, 25-12 in the nightcap. McPherson defeated Mulvane 25-13, 25-16 in the middle match.

Wellington and Mulvane (8-26) was an entertaining match. This was the first time the two teams have met. After the Wildcats won the first set in an extremely entertaining hard-fought game, Wellington found itself digging out of a 6-0 deficit, only to comeback and win 25-19. Crusaders then rolled in the third set in dominating fashion. 

Wellington’s Payton Ginter does it again – heads to state in golf for 3rd consecutive year

Wellington team at Quail Ridge Monday afternoon. (Click on photo to enlarge).

Sumner Newscow report — For the third consecutive year, Payton Ginter has qualified for state in girls golf.

Payton Ginter

Ginter finished with a 93, second highest score in the Class 4A Regional at Quail Ridge golf course in Winfield. She shot a 93, 21 over par. Elly Bertholf of Winfield was the winner of the tournament, shooting a 90.

“Well, it was a long windy day at Quail Ridge,” said Wellington co-head coach Vanessa Sawyer. “Scores overall were pretty high due to the course just being in amazing shape.” 

Wellington qualifies two doubles teams at Regional for Class 4A state tennis tournament

State qualifiers from left: Jensen Lynnes, Rylee Rusk, Kylie Aufdengarten, Calli Hatfield.

Sumner Newscow report — Four Wellington girls qualified for the Class 4A state tournament to be held in Winfield on Friday and Saturday, hosted by the Wellington school district.

Both doubles teams: Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk, and Calli Hatfield and Jensen Lynnes, will be heading to state after competing in the Class 4A Regional at Wichita Collegiate on Saturday.

Singles players Olivia Brand and Natalie Henning were both eliminated.

Aufdengarten/Rusk placed second while Hatfield and Lynnes finished fourth. The top six entries in both singles and doubles. Brand and Henning were eliminated in the first round.



South Central steamrolls Caldwell 52-6

Sumner Newscow report – South Central steamrolled Caldwell 52-6 Friday night in Caldwell. South Central scored twice in the first quarter, and converted two-point tries, took a 16-0 lead and never looked back.

South Central got its first score on a 13-yard pass, and the second one was on a 45-yard run.

Caldwell got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter on a 16-yard pass from Caleb Noyes to Jude Stow. A two-point conversion failed, but the lead was trimmed to 16-6.

South Central scored three more times, an a 35-yard interception return, and two short passes, to take a 40-6 lead at halftime.

Belle Plaine takes down Fredonia on homecoming 13-6, Dragons are 6-0

Luke Baker scores from the 11 for the game-winning touchdown.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Belle Plaine Dragons are 6-0, victors of their own homecoming and vying for a district championship.

Friday night they added another accomplishment to their resume. They are purveyors of the fourth-quarter comeback.

Belle Plaine defeated Fredonia 13-6 in a traditional ground-and-pound game harkening to yesteryear. Scoring was at a premium with the Dragons scoring their first and only touchdown with 2:41 to play in the fourth quarter.

It was a weird game, with one of the strangest scores you will ever see in football. Fredonia was holding a 6-4 lead going into the fourth. When is the last time you have ever seen a “4” in any football game at any level?

Conway Springs rolls to easy 42-7 victory over Whitewater-Remington

Sumner Newscow report — On the first night of cold Friday night football, Peyton Winter scored three touchdowns for Conway Springs as the Cardinals beat Whitewater-Remington 42-7.

Conway Springs scored twice in the first quarter, and then built a 35-7 lead by halftime.

Winter had six carries for 33 yards, and all three of his scores came on short runs.

Colin Koester completed five of seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Koester also had 116 yards on 14 carries and another score.

Wellington goes east and picks up its first win of the year over Labette County 21-0

Wellington’s defense dominated the Grizzlies – allowing just 86 yards for the night. (Special thanks to Sean Frye of Parsons Sun for photos).

Sumner Newscow report — Victory is so sweet! The Wellington Crusader football got off the snide with a huge 21-0 victory over Labette County Friday night.

Wellington will have traveled more than five hours after the night is through, but it will be worth it.

The Crusaders dominated Labette County on its homecoming night. Wellington scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and one in the fourth to get victory.

Wellington accumulated 221 yards on the ground combined with 93 passing for its best offensive night of the year.

Friday night scoreboard…

Friday night scores: 

Wellington 21 Labette County 0

Belle Plaine 13 Fredonia 6

South Central 52 Caldwell 6

South Haven 48 Pretty Prairie 14

Argonia-Attica 58 Oxford 12

Andale 47 Collegiate 7

Clearwater 62 Wichita Trinity 0

Mulvane 28 Rose Hill 14

Winfield 17 El Dorado 0

Medicine Lodge 38 Udall 6.


Belle Plaine finally comes home, Caldwell has big game vs. South Central

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There are just three games left during the regular season and one of them is tonight.

Fredonia (3-2) at Belle Plaine (5-0) — Sumner County’s most intriguing football team, the Belle Plaine Dragons, comes home for the first time in almost a month when it hosts Fredonia.

Fredonia is an intriguing matchup in that it defeated Cherryvale 29-22, the team that has given Belle Plaine the most trouble this season. It has two losses, a 42-17 defeat against Eureka and 50-14 loss to Humboldt.

The Dragons need to start focusing on playoff positioning. A win here will set up a battle with Eureka for the district championship next week. Belle Plaine beat Fredonia 28-23 in 2018.


Crusader preview: Wellington travels east to Labette County in hopes for first win

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been a long season for the Crusaders. Yet, we will write this again: the opportunity presents itself again this weekend for the 2019 Crusaders to get into the victory column.

Labette County, located two hours and 31 minutes from Wellington in a town called Altamont, is a bit of an anomaly. The Grizzlies, obviously play a southeast Kansas schedule and the only common opponent the two teams will play is Winfield. Linn Hibbs troops easily beat Labette 28-7 two weeks ago. Winfield plays Wellington next week.

And the season may come down to this: If the Crusaders don’t get it done this weekend, the chance for victory may be too elusive the rest of the way.

Wednesday sports roundup: WHS volleyball, WMS tennis, WMS cross country

Sumner Newscow report — Wednesday sports roundup…


The Wellington volleyball team split in a triangular in Towanda-Circle on Tuesday. The Crusaders lost to Circle but would come back and beat Winfield in three. This was a very big victory in that Wellington lost two close matches to Winfield earlier in the season. This also is big as far as postseason seeding.

The scores for the triangular are as follows:

Circle beat Wellington 25-12, 25-8
Wellington defeated Winfield 25-13, 24-26, 25-20
Circle defeated Winfield 25-14, 25-9.

Payton Ginter finishes 5th, team takes 4th in league tourney at Wellington

Payton Ginter on hole #7 in Wellington at yesterday’s league tournament.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School junior Payton Ginter added to her collection of golf hardware placing fifth and becoming an all-leaguer at the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. III – IV tournament in Wellington.

Ginter shot a 90 – a 46 on the front and 44 on the back. She consistently shot anywhere from 4 to 6 strokes during the 18-hole tournament on a somewhat windy Tuesday.

Overall, Wellington finished fourth as a team. Buhler won the tournament with a 371. Andale and Winfield tied for second with 382 scores. Wellington shot 410. Towanda-Circle had 420 and 433 (see full scores here).

Belle Plaine’s Madison Gooch is named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Madison Gooch, a Belle Plaine volleyball libero, has been selected Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Gooch, a senior, has helped the Belle Plaine team to a 24-4 record and a No. 7 ranking in Class 2A of the latest Kansas Volleyball Association poll. She leads her team with 237 digs and 326 serve receptions.  Her overall passing rating is a 2.02.  She has 15 serving aces and also has 25 kills from back row attacks.

For her efforts, Gooch is a recipient of a free large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington. 

Tuesday sports roundup: Wellington girls tennis, Belle Plaine volleyball, WMS scores

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tuesday sports roundup…


The Wellington girls tennis team competed in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League tournament at McPherson Monday. The team placed fifth. The team scores are as follows:

1. Wichita Collegiate 64,

2. McPherson 55,

3. Circle 39,

4. Buhler 38,

5. Wellington 32,

6. El Dorado 30,

7. Winfield 22,

8. Augusta 0.

The individual Wellington results are as follows:

Sumner Newscow Sports Calendar: October 7 week

Monday, October 7, 2019


5:00pm Volleyball: 7/8 Triangular vs. Arkansas City Middle, Augusta

8th grade only

5:00pm Volleyball: 7/8 Triangular vs. Arkansas City Middle School, Augusta Middle

7th grade only

Tuesday, October 8, 2019


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